Integrating Approaches Requires More Than a Division of Labor

@article{Cross2017IntegratingAR,
  title={Integrating Approaches Requires More Than a Division of Labor},
  author={Catharine P Cross and Anne Campbell},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  year={2017},
  volume={28},
  pages={248 - 250}
}
In a recent article, Wölfer and Hewstone argue that evolutionary psychology—and, in particular, sexual-selection theory—is useful for understanding sex differences in same-sex aggression, while social-role theory is best applied to sex differences in opposite-sex aggression. Wölfer and Hewstone tested this proposal using a rich data set containing high school students’ reports of their peers’ aggression. They regressed classroom-level sex differences in sameand opposite-sex aggression onto five… 
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